Windows Phone 8X by HTC vs Nokia Lumia 920 - 09-19-2012, 12:33 PM
Windows Phone 8X by HTC - 132.35x66.2x10.12mm, 130g
Nokia Lumia 920 - 130.3x70.8x10.7mm, 185g
At first glance you might be forgiven for thinking these handsets are part of the same range, as there is something very Nokia Lumia about the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.
The main reason for this is that it’s a very angular slab with a brightly coloured unibody shell, just like Nokia’s Lumiu 920.
On closer inspection, however, you might notice the 8X features softened corners, a slightly angular and contoured back panel instead of the Lumia’s gently curved equivalent and, of course, HTC’s logo.
While both devices have slightly different interpretations of the same aesthetic, in both cases it’s well executed – the phones look nice to the eye and feel good in the hand.
In terms of build quality there’s very little between these two phones as both are their respective manufacturers’ premium Windows Phone flagships. Materials used are of a high standard and the fit and finish is top notch.
Winner – Draw
The 8X has a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 capacitive multi-touch display with optical lamination, a 1280x720 pixel HD resolution and Gorilla Glass reinforcement.
Colour depth, brightness and sharpness are all excellent and the pixel density trumps the iPhone 5 at 341 pixels-per-inch (ppi).
Nokia’s Lumia 920 uses a 4.5-inch IPS LCD curved glass touchscreen with a couple of clever technologies laid on top.
First up is a newly improved version of Nokia’s ClearBlack tech, previously we’ve mainly seen this on AMOLED screens where it always makes a considerable improvement to blacks and dark colours, contrast and, in particular, glare reduction in bright sunlight.
The second addition is a brand new technology called Nokia PureMotion HD +, which delivers a fast refresh rate for smoother visuals and, according to Nokia, puts out a ‘better than HD’ picture quality.
The resolution is 1280x768 and this gives a pixel density of 332ppi, which should deliver fantastically crisp visual clarity.
We think the HTC has the edge here with its higher pixel density, but that said both are top-of-the range displays and with each at well over 300ppi most users probably won’t notice a difference.
Winner – Draw
The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with 32GB of storage, double that of the HTC 8X’s 16GB. Neither device has MicroSD capability.
Both phones are fitted with Qualcomm’s Series 4 (S4) Snapdragon dual core chipsets clocked at 1.5GHz with Adreno graphics processors and 1GB of dual-channel RAM.
Performance should be equal as they’re both also running the well-optimised Windows Phone software from Microsoft.
Winner – Draw
With both handsets on Windows Phone 8 there’s not much to compare the two, especially as Microsoft is keeping further details of the platform’s capabilities under wraps.
Windows Phone 8 will allow greater customisation of the interface, with resizable Live Tiles and more choice in theme colours, but these are changes Windows Phone 7 will get too through the 7.8 update.
The more interesting and exclusive stuff, such as voice control, Skype and Xbox Live integration and DirectX gaming support, are areas we still know very little about and are also only the tip of the Windows Phone 8 iceberg.
Ultimately both devices should deliver a similar end-user experience and be equally capable of doing so.
Winner – Draw
The 8X runs a similar setup to the premium members of HTC’s One Android range.
You get an 8-megapixel back-illuminated (BSI) sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and a dedicated chip capable of capturing HD 1080p video and still images simultaneously.
It also has a rapid multi-shot mode, LED flash and HDR.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is the first Windows Phone device to be branded with Nokia’s Pureview camera label.
However, it doesn’t have the pioneering 41-megpixel oversampling setup we saw on the Nokia 808 Pureview Symbian phone.
Instead, it’s an 8-megapixel BSI sensor with a Carl Zeiss lens and large f/2.0 aperture, touch focus, autofocus, dual LED flash, Optical image stabilization, exposure compensation and 1080p video capture.
These setups should be on a par.
Winner - Draw
In most categories these two flagships are on an equal footing – they both have superior display tech, fast and forward-looking processor setups and great cameras.
However, neither has MicroSD capability, which is something of a let-down, and the Lumia 920 certainly holds the cards here with twice the onboard storage space.
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